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Preccelerator Program Applications Deadline March 15th!

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Applications are now open for the Preccelerator® Program, an early-stage start-up accelerator focused on the technology and digital media space!  Deadline for applications is March 15, 2017.  The newly expanded program will host 10 companies in its Santa Monica-based co-working space.

Preccelerator Program

Benefits include:

  • Potential investment in select Preccelerator companies up to $50,000
  • 24/7 access to co-working space and a collaborative environment
  • a robust strategic perks program worth over $250,000 to early-stage Preccelerator companies and $450,000 for Preccelerator-funded companies
  •  50+ strategic mentors that provide regular office hours and are dedicated to each company’s success
  • Over 50+ educational and networking events per year
  • Potential introductions to funding sources
  • With an emphasis on community and collaboration, the Preccelerator alumni continue to participate, give back and help foster the success of current and future Program participants.
  • Access to the top Southern California business law firm of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP for legal services and their extensive network and relationships
  • Access to the business advisement and business development services and network of CREATV Media

The Preccelerator® has had 22 companies go through the Program, with a majority of the companies being accepted into larger accelerator programs and/or getting their seed funding.

To read about the recent expansion of the Preccelerator and partnership with CREATV Media, click here.

For more information about the Preccelerator and its offerings, contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com or (310) 746-9803.

 

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles to Host Silicon Beach Fest Legal Panel: “Dispute Resolution 1.0”

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For the third year in a row, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles will be a sponsor of Silicon Beach Fest LA.  This year, SAM is the featured Legal Panel on June 19th, hosted at our Santa Monica office, with a reception to follow.  Here’s the low down:

 

“Dispute Resolution 1.0 – What Every Startup Needs to Know About Disputes and How to Minimize the Risk of Litigation”

 

 

June 19th, 2014

4:00-6:00 pm – Panel Presentation
6:00-8:00 pm – Reception in 2nd Floor Courtyard

**You MUST register on the SIlicon Beach Fest site in order to be admitted to the event**

Register!

What You’ll Learn: 

 

Experience shows that the average cost to a business for participating in a breach of contract dispute, IP/trade secrets dispute, employment dispute or other business-related dispute runs hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees alone.  Basic does and don’ts on licensing, non-competes, founder disputes, cybersecurity – all of these can sink a young business.  There are ways for a company or entrepreneur to minimize the risk of becoming embroiled in a dispute.  Equally important, how a company or entrepreneur handles disputes oftentimes is the difference between business success and failure.

Hear our panel of national experts drawn from the world of start-ups/entrepreneurs, trial and IP lawyers, and professional mediators provide some basic advice on how to best position your company to avoid those types of disputes in the first place, and to also provide some strategies about what steps to take if and when a dispute that cannot be easily resolved, is brewing.

The Panel

 

Moderator:  Daniel Garrie, one of the most sought-after computer forensic experts and special masters to advise federal and state judges around the country. In addition to his law degree, he holds a masters in computer science and appears as comfortable talking with entrepreneurs as he is with developers, as he is with lawyers and judges.  His national reputation in the intersection of computer forensics and the law makes him a sought-after speaker and expert in the field, and just last week he was featured in a New York Time article on cyber-security and law firms; you can view the link at: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/law-firms-scrutinized-as-hacking-increases/

Panelists:

Bruce Friedman –   During his 20+ years practicing law, Bruce received just about every professional accolade out there, served as large law firm general counsel, represented name brand companies, and carved out a niche as an expert in professional liability and insurance coverage.  Since becoming a full time mediator in 2013, he has seen his career flourish, as more and more lawyers and clients in LA realize what an outstanding addition Bruce makes to the mediation marketplace.  He is presently with ADR Services in Century City.

Tony Keats – Partner, Brand Development and Content Protection Chair, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP. Tony’s almost three decade legal career has focused on both the legal and business protection of brands and creative content from consumer products to entertainment, from designer goods to the Internet. Since he commenced practice, he has provided counsel and has litigated cases on behalf of many of the world’s largest consumer product, top designer fashion brands and entertainment companies, as well as individual entrepreneurs, actors, and musicians. Tony’s litigation background also includes related commercial matters involving unfair competition, contract disputes, rights of publicity violations, business torts, domain name infringement, and idea submission claims. Tony is also the author of the best-known treatise on brand protection and counterfeiting on the market today, widely used by practitioners.  Not coincidentally, as part of his trademark/brand protection practice, Tony has served as a mediator in many IP-related disputes.

 Michael A. Sherman – Partner, Business Litigation Chair, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP –  Michael is an accomplished trial lawyer in high-stakes, “bet-the-company” litigation, and has represented both large and early-stage companies as well as entrepreneurs in all facets of business and complex commercial litigation. He has evenly split his litigation practice on both the plaintiff and defense side of cases, has first-chaired numerous trials in complex matters in industries as varied as securities, healthcare, environmental, consumer products, technology, project development/finance, advertising, real estate and apparel, and is highly skilled in class actions and unfair competition law. Michael’s trial skills and courtroom success resulted in his being named several years ago to the “Top 100 Lawyers” in California list, published by the Daily Journal newspaper chain. He has consistently been named to “Best Lawyers in America”.

Chris Colvin –   Chris is a former engineer with a technical degree from Princeton, who went on to law school and a stint as a partner in a major NY firm (Kramer Levin) before he started his own NYC-based IP firm a few years back.  In addition to his “day job” as an attorney specializing in IP litigation, Chris founded two social networking sites, Ivy Life, focused on alums of the Ivy League, at http://www.ivylife.net  and In The House, focused at In House Counsel, at http://i-t-h.org.

The Courtyard Party! 

6pm-8pm
2nd Floor Courtyard
1453 3rd Street Promenade

FREE to attend when you flash your Silicon Beach Fest pass!  

Enjoy free food and drinks with like-minded entrepreneurs and startup leaders fueling innovation in Los Angeles!  Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP invites you to join us at ourSilicon Beach Fest Courtyard Party in our newly expanded Santa Monica office on 3rd Street Promenade.  

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SAM Preccelerator Program Presents: “Working with Developers” with Tony Karrer – April 22, 2014

Join Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

for this exclusive event!

 
“Working with Developers”
 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
 
5:30pm-8:00pm
Register!


Are you a non-technical startup founder who’s challenged by working with technical people?  Having trouble recruiting them?  Aren’t sure if your team is executing very well?  Not sure if they are building things the right way?  Can’t understand how you can be relatively clear about what you want only to find they’ve built something different from what you said, and it took longer and even that doesn’t work quite right?  Find that talking with them often seems like more work than it should? 

 

Many non-technical founders find this to be their experience. Dr. Tony Karrer has been bridging the gap between non-technical founders and technical resources for the past 20+ years. 

 

His presentation looks at:

Basics of recruiting and working with technical people.  Communications, motivators/demotivators.

  • Founder Developer Gap.  Recognizing it and how to close it.
  • Symptoms of a Poor Development Team and what to do about it.
  • Product and Project Management.  Documenting for developers.
 

You will walk away with a better understanding of how to effectively work with your CTO and developers.

 

 

Featuring
 
 
Dr. Tony Karrer,
CEO/CTO TechEmpower
Founder & CTO Aggregage

 

Tony has worked with more than 30 early-stage companies as a part-time CTO including as the part-time CTO of eHarmony for its first four years.  Tony is the CEO/CTO of TechEmpower, a web/mobile/software development firm based in El Segundo that is known for its high performance practice and framework benchmarks.  Tony is also the Founder and CTO of Aggregage, an online B2B Media Company.  In addition to working with startups, Tony has consulted on technology implementations for large companies including Credit Suisse, Citibank, Lexus, Universal Music, IBM and HP.

 

Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. Tony taught Computer Science for 11 years. He is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events.  He is well-known for his SoCal CTO blog and his StartupRoar topic hub.  Tony is the lead organizer of the LA CTO Forum, a group of 300+ CTOs in Los Angeles, and Mentor Night, a founder mentoring group.

 

   

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Parking
4th Street/Broadway ramp or in the Santa Monica Place Mall

We hope to see you there!

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Expands Firm with Business Litigation Practice Group

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Leading Business Litigation Group Headed by Michael Sherman Joins Firm

Los Angeles, CA (March 11, 2014) – Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Southern California’s leading business law firm, has announced that nationally recognized litigator Michael Sherman has joined the firm as a partner in its Sherman Oaks office. Mr. Sherman will lead the firm’s newly-created Business Litigation practice group.

Michael Sherman is an accomplished trial lawyer in high-stakes, “bet-the-company” litigation, and has represented both large and early-stage companies as well as entrepreneurs in all facets of business and complex commercial litigation.    He has evenly split his litigation practice on both the plaintiff and defense side of cases, has first-chaired numerous trials in complex matters in industries as varied as securities, healthcare, environmental, consumer products, technology, project development/finance, advertising, real estate and apparel, and is highly skilled in class actions and unfair competition law.  Michael’s trial skills and courtroom success resulted in his having been named to the “Top 100 Lawyers” in California list, published by the Daily Journal newspaper chain.

“Stubbs Alderton & Markiles has been planning to expand our capabilities by creating a vibrant business litigation practice, and we could not be more excited about having someone of Michael’s stature joining us to do so.  We have worked closely with Michael for many years, often referring our most important litigation matters to him at Bingham McCutchen.  Michael is one of the best litigation attorneys in Los Angeles, and together we are going to build a general litigation practice that is as dynamic, efficient and effective as the transactional practice we have built over the last 12 years.”

The addition of the Business Litigation practice group continues the firm’s strategic expansion in the Southern California market, following the opening of their Santa Monica office and addition of a Brand Development and Content Protection practice in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

“Southern California is one the world’s largest economies.  Its business life-blood is entrepreneurs and start-ups that have grown to become many of the world’s leading businesses.  The partners of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles know that as well as any lawyers.  Managing disputes efficiently and strategically is on occasion the key to success, and that’s what I bring to the Firm.  I’m very excited to participate in the Firm’s continued success.”

Michael has been recognized as a leading trial lawyer by his peers and featured in the press for some of his significant victories on behalf of clients. He is a recent past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. He is a frequent speaker and writer on business litigation and trial advocacy, and has consistently been named to “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of commercial litigation.

Also joining the firm is David Gubman, a seasoned business litigation attorney.  David will join the firm as of counsel in its Sherman Oaks office.  David has big-firm experience and he and Michael have successfully tried cases together.

Please visit www.stubbsalderton.com for complete attorney bios.

About the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Business Litigation Practice

The Firm’s litigators have significant depth and breadth of resources and a detailed knowledge of clients’ industries and business concerns.  In providing the best possible representation, our litigators appreciate that on occasion disputes may need to be tried to a judge, jury or arbitrator, and that in other instances the client is best served with an early resolution that is designed to preserve business relationships and minimize expense and litigation distraction.

Our litigators have a proven track record for analyzing complex legal and business challenges.  Our attorneys are experienced, innovative and aggressive in their pursuit of strategic outcomes.

Our litigation clients include household name Fortune 500 companies along with middle market, and emerging growth companies.  We seek to make long term relationships with our clients throughout their evolutionary path.  We deliver efficiency and value to every client we serve through a well-defined budget and clear communication about their case.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology and Internet companies, entertainment, video games and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, video games, apparel, consumer electronics and medical device sectors. The firm’s mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of the firm.  For more information, please visit www.stubbsalderton.com

Contact:

Heidi Hubbeling
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
(310) 746-9803
hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

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Grand Opening – Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Santa Monica Office Expansion!!

Join Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

for the 

Grand Opening

 of their expanded Santa Monica Office and Preccelerator Program Space!

 

Grand Opening 

Join Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP for an evening of good food, conversation and networking as we celebrate the Grand Opening of our newly expanded office and Preccelerator Program space in Santa Monica.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

 5:30pm-8:00pm

 Register
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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Parking

4th Street/Broadway ramp or in the Santa Monica Place Mall

 

We hope to see you there!

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Offering Startup Formation Prize Package at Pay It Forward For Business Event – July 1, 2013

Pay It Forward

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, alongside Your Office Agent, The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Docstoc, Media leader, Azure Software, Metropole Capital, Insperity, Infusionsoft and Startup Workshops, bring you this year’s Pay it Forward for Business event entitled, “Incubate, Accelerate and Pay it Forward.”

 

Event Details:

Monday, July 1, 2013 6:00pm-9:00pm
Satellite Santa Monica
3110 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Register Now!

The free “Pay it Forward for Business” events are always based on the strong Santa Monica culture of helping one another in becoming established in their endeavors.  Thought leaders in every area of business competence from funding to marketing and everything in-between are joining forces for this year’s event.

This year they have over $15,000 worth of prizes and free advice to help you grow your business surrounded by the brightest and best in Santa Monica. We at Stubbs, Alderton & Markiles, LLP are offering a prize package that includes a full startup company set-up package.  Applications can be picked up at our booth at the event.  Need not be present to win.

The event is supported by Santa Monica New Tech, Santa Monica Chamber, LAX Chamber and the Swedish Chamber and hosted by the team at Your office Agent with the assistance of our partners at Satellite and all the coworking spaces in Santa Monica.

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles to be a Venue for TechZulu’s 2013 Silicon Beach Tech Crawl!

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SAM is excited to announce that it will be a featured venue on the 2013 TechZulu Silicon Beach Tech Crawl on Thursday May 23 from 6pm-11pm.  For more information and to register for the Tech Crawl, visit http://techzulu.com/tz-tech-crawl-silicon-beach-2013/

What is a Tech Crawl?

It’s like a bar crawl, but featuring tech companies instead of bars. Each participating business will open its office for the duration of the crawl, giving you a chance to see where the magic happens and meet the team in an informal setting.  SAM will be featuring their Santa Monica office space and Preccelerator Program companies. Food and drinks will be served.

Why?

How often do you get to go behind the scenes at a company and experience where the work is done? Whether you’re a networked entrepreneur or just finding your way in the LA tech scene, TZ Tech Crawls give you a fun way to discover new things about the community and each other.

Hope to see you there!

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SAM Featured in LA Business Journal Article: “Stubbs Alderton Adds to Santa Monica Office”

Los-Angeles-Business-Journal-logo-jpg.SAM has been featured in the May 9th issue of the LA Business Journal regarding its addition of a Brand Development & Content Protection Practice, expanding its already existing presence in the Los Angeles and Silicon Beach marketplace.  To view the full article, click here.

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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Expands Firm with Brand Development & Content Protection Practice Group – Leading IP Group Headed by Anthony M. Keats Joins Firm

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Los Angeles, CA (May 9, 2013) – Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Southern California’s leading business law firm, has announced that nationally recognized attorney Anthony M. Keats has joined the firm as a partner in its Santa Monica office. Mr. Keats will co-chair the firm’s newly-created Brand Development & Content Protection practice group and significantly expand the firm’s already robust intellectual property and consumer brands practice.  Also joining the firm as a partner and co-chair of the practice is Konrad Gatien, a seasoned attorney with an established trademark registration and enforcement practice; as well as associate, Stephen C. McArthur; and paralegal, Traci Escamilla.

During the course of his career, Anthony Keats has focused on both the business and the legal protection of brands arising from consumer products, luxury goods, and entertainment and Internet properties.  Keats was the founding partner of Keats, McFarland and Wilson, a highly respected Beverly Hills-based intellectual property firm.  Keats routinely has represented many of the world’s largest consumer product, luxury goods and entertainment companies, as well as individual entrepreneurs, actors, and musicians.

His corporate clients have included, among others, Gucci, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Seven for All Mankind, Kate Spade, Fendi, Frette, Versace, Balenciaga, New Line Cinema, Lucasfilm, Sony, Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount, Disney, Universal, Viacom, Comedy Central, Dreamworks SKG, Playtone, Amblin, Nike, Major League Baseball Properties, World Cup ’94 Organizing Committee, Stanley Black and Decker, Energizer Battery, and Gillette.

“We are very excited to welcome Tony and Konrad,” said managing partner, Scott Alderton.  “Tony will facilitate the expansion of our Santa Monica office and he is one of the most well-regarded practitioners in registering, managing and protecting trademarks and brands. The addition of Tony and Konrad highly complements our existing intellectual property, consumer brands, entertainment and digital media practices.  There is no intention to expand the firm’s practice to general litigation, however, Tony and Konrad bring to us a content and brand registration, management and enforcement capability that is highly synergistic with our existing transactional practice.”

The addition of the Brand Development & Content Protection practice group continues the firm’s strategic expansion into Santa Monica, following the opening of that office in November 2012.  The group will register and manage trademarks and trademark portfolios, oversee brand and content strategies, and undertake enforcement activities intended to protect client content and brands, including undertaking trademark litigation, online intellectual property infringement actions (such as copyright enforcement, on-line piracy, idea-submission matters, and fair-use claims), and other forms of intellectual property litigation, including rights of publicity and data privacy actions.

Keats stated, “I am energized by the ability to join my practice that has for decades undertaken to protect brand-holders and the creative community with a firm of engaged attorneys who are supporting the growth of digital technology and the Internet in southern California. This is the time for consumer brands and entertainment to establish and protect their intellectual property rights in this new space.”

Tony Keats has spoken and written on brand and content protection on numerous occasions. He has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the National Law Journal, among others, as well as appeared on various television broadcasts focused on IP protection. He is the co-author of the forthcoming treatise, “Brand Protection: Counterfeiting and Gray Markets” from Legal Journal Press.

Keats’ practice will also include the mediation of litigated and non-litigated disputes, particularly in the area of intellectual property and commercial matters. He serves on the Attorney-Settlement Panel for the Federal District Court for The Central District of California, a mediator for The International Trademark Association Panel of Neutral Evaluators, and WIPO’s Panel of Mediators for Film and Media.

Konrad Gatien will join the firm as a partner in its Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks) office.  Gatien’s practice encompasses all aspects of brand management from selection and adoption of brand names through prosecution, promotion, licensing and enforcement. He has significant experience in trademark prosecution worldwide, as well as running complex copyright and trademark litigation matters. His transactional work includes negotiating and drafting entertainment contracts and licensing and distribution agreements for world-famous characters, people and products.

Stephen C. McArthur will join the firm as an associate in its Santa Monica office.  McArthur was formerly an associate of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City and Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles.  Stephen’s practice focuses on trademark prosecution and litigation, copyright litigation, patent litigation, general contractual commercial litigation, and licensing.  He has represented clients across the technology spectrum, including those associated with the video game industry, telecommunications and wireless devices, and the music industry.

Traci Escamilla will join the firm as a paralegal in its Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks) office.  Traci comes to Stubbs Alderton with over 17 years of experience as a trademark paralegal.  Most recently, Traci managed large trademark portfolios at Fox Entertainment Group, and her law firm background provides her with extensive exposure and knowledge in all aspects of IP and brand management from clearance and prosecution, to enforcement and litigation.

Please visit www.stubbsalderton.com for complete attorney bios.

About the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Brand Development & Content Protection Practice

The new Brand Development & Content Protection practice group will assist clients in evaluating and developing their commercial brands, registering copyrights and trademarks in the United States and worldwide, and in enforcing their copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property on and off of the Internet.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property practice groups focusing on the representation of venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology and Internet companies, entertainment, video games and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, video games, apparel, consumer electronics and medical device sectors. The firm’s mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of the firm.  For more information, please visit www.stubbsalderton.com

Contact:

Heidi Hubbeling
Director of Marketing
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
(818) 444-4526
hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

 

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LA Tech Rise Features SAM Preccelerator Program in “A Startup ‘Preccelerator’ on the Promenade”

LA TECH RISE, a blog for tech startups within the LA Silicon Beach community, features SAM’s Preccelerator Program in this in-depth article, complete with a virtual tour of the Preccelerator Program space! To view the full feature, click here.

For more information and to apply to our Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com and visit Preccelerator.

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